Voting is underway in Macedonia in the final round of the country’s presidential elections.
Gjorgji Ivanov from the governing conservative party is favourite to win. With current President Branko Crvenkovski deciding not to stand for a second term, the run-off pits Ivanov against social democrat and main opposition party veteran candidate Ljubomir Frckoski.
Once the poorest former Yugoslav republics, hopes are high the ballot will show Macedonia worthy of joining the EU and NATO, who have both said the vote must meet international standards.
Almost two million people are eligible to vote in the election and hundreds of electoral observers and police have been drafted in to ensure the fairness of the ballot.
Divisions along ethnic lines remain a concern. Last year a parliamentary vote was marred by violence, resulting in one person being killed and several others being wounded in an Albanian area.